How nice would it be to have someone at home who does all your work for you at the press of a button or with a voice command? Your very own robot that can do complicated tasks while you lounge around giving orders? This is what Mark Zuckerberg aims to achieve as a personal goal for 2016 and we are hoping he does! Why? Remember what happened when Facebook was born? Can you now imagine a life without the social network? Imagine if his personal artificial assistant is a success.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, this is wat Mark posted on his Facebook page:
Every year, I take on a personal challenge to learn new things and grow outside my work at Facebook. My challenges in recent years have been to read two books every month, learn Mandarin and meet a new person every day.
My personal challenge for 2016 is to build a simple AI to run my home and help me with my work. You can think of it kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man.
I’m going to start by exploring what technology is already out there. Then I’ll start teaching it to understand my voice to control everything in our home — music, lights, temperature and so on. I’ll teach it to let friends in by looking at their faces when they ring the doorbell. I’ll teach it to let me know if anything is going on in Max’s room that I need to check on when I’m not with her. On the work side, it’ll help me visualize data in VR to help me build better services and lead my organizations more effectively.
Every challenge has a theme, and this year’s theme is invention.
At Facebook I spend a lot of time working with engineers to build new things. Some of the most rewarding work involves getting deep into the details of technical projects. I do this with Internet.org when we discuss the physics of building solar-powered planes and satellites to beam down internet access. I do this with Oculus when we get into the details of the controllers or the software we’re designing. I do this with Messenger when we discuss our AI to answer any question you have. But it’s a different kind of rewarding to build things yourself, so this year my personal challenge is to do that.
This should be a fun intellectual challenge to code this for myself. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn over the course of the year.
While we all know that Mark stunned his audience when he gave a 20 minute speech in Mandarin, at the Tsinghua University in Beijing, I think it is safe to say that he will work with dedication towards his artificial intelligence goal and stun us all when he achieves it. But I am more excited about the after-effects of this. If he does achieve his goal, what does that mean for the future of the tech world? Will it become as famous and necessary as Facebook is? Only time will tell.